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Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

Research and article by Hypnobabies mom, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, who is a medical researcher and the author of Evidence Based Birth!

“Failure to progress” is the number one reason for unplanned C-sections in the U.S.
istock 000005418037small-11Most women in labor are held to a standard called the “Friedman’s Curve.” Friedman’s curve is a graph that obstetric care providers have traditionally used to define a “normal” length and pace of labor. If a woman’s cervix does not dilate according to this schedule, she may be assigned a diagnosis of “failure to progress” and taken to the operating room for a Cesarean.

So what is this Friedman’s curve? When was it invented? Does it apply to women today?

In 1955, Dr. Friedman of Columbia University published a study describing the average amount of time it took women to dilate during labor (Friedman 1955). Until then, doctors had simply published research studies that described the total length of labor. Dr. Friedman went one step further by plotting women’s labors on a graph, and then figuring out the average length of time it took to a woman to dilate each centimeter. This graph became known as the famous “Friedman’s Curve.”Although it was published nearly 60 years ago, Friedman’s curve still serves as the basis of how most physicians define normal labor (Gabbe, Niebyl et al. 2012). In fact, as recently as 2010, researchers claimed that Friedman’s curve continues to “govern labor management.” In other words, most care providers use this graph to dictate how they manage a woman’s labor (Zhang, Troendle et al. 2010).You can see the rest of Rebeccca's informative article HERE.



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By Kerry Tuschhoff, Founder/Director of Hypnobabies

In our Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis course, our students are in love with the Big Secrets! This is important information that remains mostly undisclosed when many expectant parents communicate with their medical caregivers. Since we advocate becoming as educated as possible about pregnancy and birthing choices, it is important for our Hypnobabies students to understand their rights. All expectant parents should learn this important information early in their pregnancy, to make certain that all decisions remain fully in their control.

Hypnobabies Secret #1: Did you know that in any situation that arises regarding your pregnancy, birthing, and with your baby’s care, you are always in charge? You (two) as the parent(s) are responsible for making the all-important decisions that will affect your health and that of your baby, your labor, and after-birth procedures.

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It is important for you to know that no one can ever force you to do anything you feel uncomfortable with, no matter what the circumstances are. You as the consumer make all of the decisions, not the doctors and nurses. You actually tell them how you will give birth, since they are working for you. They are the “lifeguards” who stand by in case anything should happen outside of the realm of normal, and they will let you know if that is the case. They need not interfere in a normal birthing (no complications) to enforce standard procedures or routine interventions.

Lifeguards at a pool or beach are there to make certain that normal swimming and pool play remains safe. As long as it does, there is no reason to force a particular style of swimming or watersports on the participants they are watching. If anything needs their attention, the lifeguard can step in and address the situation with appropriate expertise. This is the role that physicians, nurse and midwives hold as well, when women are giving birth. Changing what is already working well in childbirth would be like a beach lifeguard making everyone get out of the water because there were jellyfish in the water once several years ago – just in case.

Question: Would you allow any other service professional to tell you how they were going to perform a service for you? Consider this scenario:

You want your carpets cleaned and you call Joe Carpet Cleaner to do the job because (a) he is the only carpet cleaner in town, (b) he has 20 years’ experience, or (c) he was first in the phonebook. As you are talking, you tell him exactly which rooms and area rugs you want cleaned and that you want the furniture moved to do it.

He says, “Well, I know it is your house, but … I’ll clean your carpets my way, and only 3 of the 5 rooms you wanted cleaned, no area rugs will be done, I have to charge you for doing the stairs too, even if you don’t have any, no furniture will be moved, and I want $2,000 as payment.”   Would you say, “Well … okay, Joe, whatever you say—you’re the expert in carpets”? Or would you maybe say something not quite so nice? Would you ever allow someone to charge you money for a service you didn’t want, and direct it entirely to boot?   Childbirth is so much more important than our carpets, yet when we fail to realize that we are consumers who can call all the shots, the parents of the baby being born and also people whose desires need to be respected, we can feel helpless … and you are very powerful.

Birthing couples have many options and as much power as they want; they just need to exercise it. It is your responsibility to become educated so that you can make informed decisions that will help you achieve your birthing goals.

Hypnobabies Secret #2: Doctors, nurses and midwives are just people like you and me; people who are taking care of their own agendas, and trying to do what they feel is best to have a good outcome for you and your baby with as little risk as possible for everyone, including themselves. They have special training, but not special powers. So if we as consumers will look at them as people, we will have a much easier time of interacting with them if they begin to manage childbirth differently than what we have expressed we want.

In reality, it is the expectant/birthing couple who have the ultimate responsibility for all pregnancy and birthing decisions as well as their newborn’s care. Each couple will make these decisions based on what is right for their own family—just taking care of their own birth preferences/agenda, the same way doctors and nurses do.   Obstetrical care providers are actually people who very much want to keep their jobs. In order to do so, they have a lot to be concerned about:

• Concern over something going wrong, since they’ve seen everything that actually might go wrong (even very rare things that go wrong)  which leads them to a …

• Fear of liability, since we live in a culture that is highly litigious, as well as …

• Fear of repercussion from hospitals where they have privileges, if they don’t adhere to routine protocols which were constructed to protect the hospitals from liability, etc.

Realizing that prenatal care providers are simply people like you, who have their own personal and professional agendas that may not coincide with yours at all times, will help you to be more confident about your own birthing plans. This helps you become stronger in your convictions and to adhere to them in the absence of complications. This also ensures your Hypnobabies birth will be much smoother and more satisfying to you.

That said, if you have chosen to give birth in a hospital, even though you have the same legal rights and personal choices as a birth center or homebirthing family, you need to understand:

There are medical (legal) protocols that dictate how obstetricians may practice within that hospital setting which dictate how your obstetrician manages your care.

Common birthing procedures (which are optional) may be presented as “mandatory policies” by hospital staff. This means that ALL choices are still yours to make, and you can choose to enforce all of your preferences in the absence of complications.

You might also choose to be more flexible with your original birthing plans to avoid conflict if that makes sense to you at the time. Ask for all the information you need to make an informed decision. Remember, it is always your choice whether to consent or to refuse any procedure or intervention suggested. Trust your instincts, and know that whatever decisions and choices you make are the right ones for you and your baby.

Midiwfe Mom Birth Center DopplerYou may want to consider doing some research into midwifery care, birth centers, and home birthing which have all been proven to be safe and healthy options for an easier and more satisfying childbirth experience. The midwifery model of care is mother-centered, which means more time is spent during prenatal visits discussing natural birth options and offering emotional support. It is also important to note that all of the countries with maternal and infant mortality rates lower than those in the US have midwives attending the majority of low risk births.

Hypnobabies moms speak out about their rights:

Mary K.: Before our Hypnobabies course, it never occurred to me that I could decline services!  It saved so much stress for me at my prenatal appointments; they never checked to see how far I was dilated because I declined every time.  I saw other friends who were pregnant return from their appointments with numbers to dwell on, but I was calm and peaceful knowing my daughter would arrive when it was her time! Sarah V.: Hypnobabies gently led us to a low intervention birth. One of the ways this was possible was through creating birth preferences which provided the opportunity for my birth partner and I to discuss and consider each step of the birth. I've shared our birth preferences with many interested women and couples. Crystal D.: Hypnobabies provides an amazing depth of knowledge and information so you can make truly informed decisions about your care during pregnancy and when you are birthing. Having this information enabled us to have the completely hands-off, intervention-free birth that we had dreamed of.

Jenny B.: Putting my birth preferences down on paper helped me to see more clearly how confident I was about the choices I was making. Everything was so very clearly stated and reasonable that I knew my care providers would not have a problem supporting me! They didn’t!

Megan M.: I know that having the amazing births I had was in part because I knew how to talk with my care providers.  I was able to make good choices and communicate what I wanted, and I felt confident doing so because I had the information and knowledge to back up my choices.

Amber D.: The education I learned in Hypnobabies was incredible. If I hadn't learned that the saline lock was unnecessary in most cases, then I would have left the hospital weighing more than when I went in just like my non-Hypnobabies friend did. She was so swollen because of the saline... and for no reason! Hypnobabies taught me to take ownership of my baby's birth. And that has empowered me to be more confident in trusting my instincts when it comes to raising my child.

Amanda S.: Hypnobabies helped me to realize that vaginal exams at the end of pregnancy tell us nothing, and can actually cause discouragement and frustration.  It is not worth it!  With my second daughter, I was thrilled to learn at 36 weeks, that I was 3cm and 80% effaced.  I left my appointment thinking I would be having a baby that weekend.  The following week I was 4cm.  The weeks kept passing. Finally...my daughter was born two days shy of 40 weeks.  Had I not had that vaginal exam, I would have saved myself a great deal of discouragement, and asking, "Why is she not here?"  For my third daughter, I skipped all vaginal exams until I was over 41 weeks.  It was then I learned that I was not dilated at all.  I didn't let myself feel discouraged.  I simply told the doctor, "That's ok, we both know it tells us nothing.  Women do not give birth by numbers".  I had my daughter less than 48 hours later.

Tracy G.: I loved how Hypnobabies worked on empowering the mother to not be a passive bystander in their birth but an active participant. I of course would and wanted input from the medical professionals who cared for me but I also felt empowered to give educated opinions on the different options and make my own choices.

Learn more about our Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Classes or our Home Study Course

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By Kerry Tuschhoff, Founder/Director of Hypnobabies

Today’s expectant couples are very proactive in their approach to childbirth preparation. They are well-educated, techno-savvy, and do a lot of research to help themselves make informed decisions for their baby’s birth. This is one of the reasons that our Hypnobabies program has become so popular with pregnant couples. In Hypnobabies we teach how their pregnancy and birthing choices will affect their baby’s health, their own birthing experience, and the association of the mother with the baby for the rest of their lives

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Pregnant families understand fully that they need to take responsibility for their baby’s birth, and that failure to do so may result in care providers making those decisions for them without their educated input. Pregnant couples are no longer willing to give up their own control over decisions made in pregnancy, childbirth, and their new baby’s care, and Hypnobabies helps them to learn, practice, and use not only the best hypno-childbirth skills available, but also to create the birth of their dreams, without unnecessary medical intervention.


 

Do YOU have a beautiful vision of what you want your baby’s birth to be?

Most women do, and in order to have the best chance of fulfilling that vision, there is much to know … and much to do. The first thing we need to admit to ourselves is that no matter what others have told us, no matter how many TV shows, books, and websites have tried to portray it differently, in actuality women’s bodies were perfectly designed: to carry and grow a child through pregnancy, to give birth without intervention or complications, and to easily nourish a baby. The truth is, every woman knows this innately in her heart and in her soul. Challenges to this innate knowledge only arise when we allow ourselves to be convinced otherwise. If we allow any other person or set of events to dictate what our pregnancies and birth experiences are going to be … our own vision of what is right for us and our babies vanishes. Fear takes its place, others' agendas replace our own. This erosion of our innate understanding of what childbirth can be is disappointing to some and devastating to others.

Do you want to feel safe and secure when you give birth?

All women have this need, and for some that feeling of security will be in a hospital with all that technology can provide. Others will only feel safe and secure when they choose to birth in the calmness of their home or at a birth center. No matter where you feel the safest, your birth experience belongs to you. You deserve an opportunity to make the decisions that will create your beautiful birthing; easy, joyful, and empowering.

We must all recognize the value of medical intervention in childbirth, when necessary. Proper and timely intervention during a complicated birth can save lives, and there’s no question about that.
However, since around 90% or more of all births are absolutely normal in all respects, intervention should be much less common than it is. Please understand that many routine obstetrical procedures have been put into place to serve the legal needs of the medical facilities where a birth is taking place and may not be in the best interest of the birthing family.


Education about pregnancy and childbirth choices and rights is truly the key here. Learning about the choices you will be making, understanding that all choices belong to you, and knowing how to make your choices confidently can happen easily and quickly. The information in our Hypnobabies program has been compiled to help our students empower themselves and to enjoy their beautiful births through informed, educated decisions.  

Quoting the World Health Organization: “In normal birth there should be a valid reason to interfere with the natural process.”

This includes things such as artificial rupture of membranes, artificially induced births, routine continuous fetal heart monitoring, and the routine use of pain relief drugs, including epidurals. Note that while there most certainly are legitimate uses for every one of these medical interventions and procedures, studies have shown that their routine use with all birthing women can lead to further interventions and a higher Cesarean section rate.

Physiological birthing

Birth, being a natural and normal process in the overwhelming majority of cases, should be allowed toMom BT Leaning Forward progress with as little direct intervention as possible, and interventions should be used only when medically indicated. In addition, the choices you make for your baby’s birth can impact your ability to use your hypnosis skills and comfort techniques. When a mother desires all the dynamics in her Birthing Time to be positive, her choices must follow suit.

Please understand that the information presented here is pro-normal, physiological birth, not anti-medical. It is important to know the alternatives to routine procedures so that when faced with the choice of accepting or declining any particular intervention during your baby’s birthing, you’ll know something about it beforehand and you’ll be able to make an informed decision at the time. It is also your responsibility to evaluate for yourself what this information means to you. It’s up to you to decide how you want to plan your birth, which procedures you might choose to accept as offered, and which you will refuse or accept only under limited situations. You and your baby deserve to have the most current, evidence-based facts about what treatment you receive.

Hypnobabies: 
 
Hypnobabies advocates evidence-based birth practices and the consumer’s right to fully informed choice:

Evidence-based maternity care means practices that have been shown by the highest quality, most current medical evidence to be most beneficial to mothers and babies (reducing incidences of injuries, complications, and death), with care tailored to the individual.”

~ ImprovingBirth.Org http://www.improvingbirth.org/the-evidence-shows
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As a childbirth education organization, we only provide our students with information; what our students do with it is entirely their choice. At Hypnobabies we do not provide any medical advice, practice medicine, or advise our students to make any particular pregnancy or birthing choices. We encourage all expectant parents to learn what their choices are, to do more research on anything that is of concern to them, and to make their own decisions. Care providers will also respond more favorably to your interests and concerns when they understand that you are educated and speaking on behalf of your own beliefs.

Pregnancy and childbirth can be so joyful and powerful, and will continue to have an effect on the new mother and her partner, their baby, and even the birth professionals that attend the birth and support the family. Knowledge and its loving use can create strong, positive decisions and birthing bliss!

Learn more about our Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Classes and our  Home Study Course.
 
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Evidence-Based Fetal Monitoring
by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
© Copyright Evidence Based Birth

Here is some great information from www.evidencebasedbirth.com on fetal monitoring. Know your options!

"I believe that it is beneficial to monitor a baby’s heart rate during labor. But the majority of American women receive the wrong type of fetal monitoring for their situation. They receive something called continuous electronic monitoring instead of intermittent auscultation."

"But what’s the big deal? Well, first of all, everybody else in the world tends to follow our example. U.S. hospitals have invested over $700 million dollars in electronic fetal monitoring equipment that is NOT evidence-based and contributes to unnecessary Cesarean deliveries. Do you think developing countries around the world should be following our example, spending precious resources on this equipment? Second, most women in our country do not give informed consent for electronic fetal monitoring. The vast majority of women in the U.S. have no idea about the benefits and risks of the #1 most common obstetric procedure used in labor and delivery– electronic fetal monitoring." You can see all the evidence HERE.
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What is the Evidence for Pushing Positions?
By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN

Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

Here is some food for thought about the evidence for pushing positions and what positions are easiest, fastest and safest for mothers and their babies, from Hypnobabies mom, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, who is a medical researcher and the author of Evidence Based Birth.

pushing-lying-downResearchers hypothesize that pushing in an upright position is beneficial for multiple reasons. In an upright position, gravity can assist in bringing the baby down and out. Also, when a woman is upright, there is less risk of compressing the mother’s aorta and thus a better oxygen supply to the baby. Upright positioning also helps the uterus contract more strongly and efficiently and helps the baby get in a better position to pass through the pelvis. Finally, X-ray evidence has shown that the actual dimensions of the pelvic outlet become wider in the squatting and kneeling/hands-knees positions (Gupta et al. 2012).

However, despite these proposed benefits of pushing in an upright position, most women in the U.S. give birth either lying on their backs (57%) or in a semi-sitting/lying position with the head of the bed raised up (35%). A small minority of women give birth in alternative positions such as side lying (4%), squatting or sitting (3%), or hands-knees position (1%) (Declercq, Sakala et al. 2007).

It is thought that most women are encouraged to push in a lying or semi-sitting positions because it is more convenient for the care provider. When women are lying or semi-lying in bed, it is easier to access the woman’s abdomen to monitor the fetal heart rate. Care providers are also more comfortable with the lying or semi-sitting position because this is how many of them are trained to attend births (Gupta et al. 2012). This caregiver preference for non-upright positions has persisted, despite the fact that current major obstetric textbooks state that it is beneficial for women to push in upright positions, especially for first-time moms (Kilpatrick and Garrison 2012).  Read the rest of this informative artice HERE.
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Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

What is Patient-Centered Maternity Care?

by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN
© Copyright Evidence Based Birth.


Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth is a Hypno-Mom and we love sharing all her informative articles with you! One of the many things we discuss in Hypnobabies is how women are responsible for making the choices and decisions regarding their care.
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A few months ago, I had a conversation with some hospital adminstrators about their hospital’s policies for the labor and delivery unit. As I listened to them explain some policies to me (I believe we were talking about visitor policies while a woman is giving birth), I was struck by how many times they used the phrases, “We might let a woman do this,” or “In some cases, we might allow a patient to do this, but only if they did this beforehand.” I couldn’t listen to it anymore. I held up my hand to indicate that I wanted to speak, and I said (very politefully, I hope!):

“I hate to interrupt you. But something you keep saying is really jumping out at me. You keep saying, ‘We might let a woman do this,’ or ‘We might allow a patient to do this.’ Excuse me? I am the patient. This is MY birth. I choose what I want to do, you don’t ‘LET’ me do anything!”

They sat there, and their eyes got really wide, and they just looked at me and then at each other. They looked quite surprised. I wondered if this thought had never crossed their minds before.

Learn more about patient centered care HERE.
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Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

Pushing Positions
By: Connie Banack, CLD

Hypnobabies moms are encouraged to follow their body and push in whatever position feels right to them!
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Current obstetrical practices during second stage were developed with the attendant, rather than the
birthing mother, in mind. The lithotomy position, with a mother flat on her back and her feet in stirrups,
was once the standard position in hospitals for women to give birth and in some hospitals it is still the
norm. This was believed to be the ideal position for doctors to deliver the baby while sitting or standing
in attendance. The doctor had easy access to watch, to help with delivery if needed, and to intervene
when he or she felt it necessary.
Whom it wasn't ideal for was the mother who has to push her baby uphill against the force of gravity
when lying on her back. The common lack of progress despite the mother's strong efforts often led to a
forceps delivery of the baby. With the mother's perineum stretched by the positioning of the stirrups
making tearing was much more common. Doctors started to believe that episiotomies were needed to
"protect" the mother's perineum because of the large number of tears they observed in this position and
the difficulty women had in pushing their babies out while lying prone. Episiotomies became the norm
and were easy to do for the doctor because of the access to her perineum. Today, episiotomy rates are
plummeting as this research confirms that the side effects of unnecessarily cutting the perineum are
long lasting and avoidable in most circumstances. Women revolted against the lithotomy position, and
other routine obstetrical practices, in the late 1960's and the semi-sitting posture is now seen in almost
all hospital birthing rooms. But is this position any better for mother and baby?
You can find the rest of this article HERE.
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Hypnobabies: Natural Childbirth at its Best!

"Our women and babies are continually put "at risk" in the name of avoiding risk."
By Best Daily
Milli Hill discusses the birthing 'grey areas'

preg mom 2 smallerIf you believe everything you read, then you probably think that childbirth is one of the riskiest activities any human can undertake.

Actually, it isn't, and statistically you're massively more likely to meet your maker behind the wheel of your motor. However, whilst most episodes of Top Gear tend to skip the bit about your odds of death, it seems like we can't have a conversation about childbirth without focusing almost entirely on the seemingly limitless list of things that might go wrong.

This focus on risk is becoming disproportionate, says Cathy Warwick, CEO of the Royal College of Midwives:

"There is concern at the RCM and among midwives, that our focus on risk, and the way that we are describing risk, is making women feel scared. Ironically, creating fear, in itself, causes risk – if women are fearful then they are less likely to release the hormones needed for a straightforward birth."

Please find the rest of the informative article HERE.
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Ultrasound: Risks/Benefits
by Lauren Feder, M.D.

Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

Are ultrasounds safe? Here is an informative article explaining the benefits and risks of ultrasound.
Ultrasound photoWHAT IS ULTRASOUND?

Ultrasound is an ultra high frequency sound wave—above the range of human hearing— that generates an image of the fetus in utero. From a transducer or a probe placed deep within the vagina (in early pregnancy) or on the surface of the abdomen (second and third trimesters), sound waves are emitted at millions of cycles per second. A pattern of echo waves creates a picture from a variety of surfaces—from fluid and soft tissues to a boney skeleton. Modern ultrasound energy intensities are higher than ultrasound of earlier decades. In obstetrics the following ultrasounds and energy exposures are used:
  • Standard scan. The standard scan is used on the abdomen after early pregnancy. Provides a brief pulse ultrasound of lower exposure
  • Trans Vaginal ultrasound. Used in early pregnancy. High exposure levels due to close proximity of probe to early developing fetus. Uncomfortable procedure has been called “diagnostic rape” by some women.
  • Doppler ultrasound. Used by many obstetricians and midwives in stethoscopes, they provide relatively low exposure level.
  • Fetal monitors: used in late pregnancy and during labor to monitor baby and heart level.
  • 3-D Ultrasound. To generate 3-D images of the developing fetus. High level of exposure.
  • 4-D or Dynamic 3-D Ultrasound: Uses specially designed scanners to look at the face and movements of the baby. High level of exposure.
  • Fetal Echocardiography: Uses ultrasound waves to assess the baby’s heart in suspected congenital heart defects.
Find more information on the benefits and risks of ultrasound HERE
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At Hypnobabies it is important that our wonderful expectant parents understand that "all of the choices in pregnancy, childbirth, postpatrum and your baby's care are yours to make!" The article below from Birth Takes a Village reinforces this message and underscores the importance of taking responsibility for your baby's birth. Remember: someone will, and it needs to be you!

There’s no “Have To” in Childbirth
by Jessica Austin on January 2, 2013

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If there is one phrase I’d like to get rid of in birth, it’s “have to”.   There are no “have tos” in birth, there are only medical recommendations and a birthing woman’s informed choice.  

There is no such thing as “My baby is breech so I have to have a hospital birth.”

There is no “I have to be induced because I’m 42 weeks”.

There is no “I have to have continuous monitoring of my baby’s heart rate because I chose to receive an epidural”.  

If you have a doctor or registered midwife, they can make recommendations, and you make an informed choice about those recommendations.  

Speak about your birth choices in a way that keeps the power with YOU:

Read the full artcile here
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There is nothing better than finding a wonderful review about Hypnobabies on a Mom's Blog!

At first, Aubrey thought:

I read a lot about Bradley and Brio, looked into Lamaze and honestly didn't give Hypnobabies a fighting chance at first. Why? Well, I thought it was super weird! I obviously didn't know anything about the method and had some serious misconceptions about hypnosis. For me, the word "hypnosis" was synonymous with someone clucking like a chicken on a stage or something like that...

Then she asked other moms for their input, changed her mind, used Hypnobabies and...

So, my review is 5 stars!!! Seriously, Hypnobabies is wonderful and made my pregnancy so much more enjoyable. I was able to take some time every single day to relax and I felt so much more prepared for this birth. During labor Hypnobabies helped me remain calm and focused. I had a very speedy, relatively easy birth that was almost exactly how I had envisioned it.


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Go over to Aubrey's Blog to read the whole review! Her birth story is there too!

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We loved this blog post by Kathy Valeii about newborn procedures.
One of the more infuriating aspects of Woman as Patient are the events that tend to unfold  during and immediately following the birth.  Just as during labor, the power dynamic is established early on, so too, is the establishment of “possession” of and entitlement to the newborn immediately following the birth.

I’ve explored in some detail in a prior post the power struggle that takes place during the birth.  Here, I’ll focus on the events immediately following the birth, and how they serve to maintain woman as patient, thereby diminishing her confidence in her own intuition as a mother.

Read the Full Article Here
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size: 12pt;">A wonderful demonstration on why it is ideal to let the cord stop pulsing on its own!

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Hypnobabies® - Natural Childbirth at its best!

Baby Friendly Hospital Policies make for an easier transition for baby. Even if your hospital isn't baby friendly you can choose to do the positive things suggested in this video!

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Dry with a soft blanket
Skin to Skin for an hour before nurses do anything else
Baby can self latch.
istock 000005418037small-11Having a baby? See birth at a Baby-Friendly Hospital versus a Typical Hospital.
Cosponsored by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.
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www.babyfriendlyusa.org
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Today’s expectant mothers are very proactive in their approach to childbirth preparation. They are well-educated, techno-savvy and do a lot of research to help themselves make informed decision for their baby’s birth. This is one of the reasons that Hypnobabies Classes have become so popular with pregnant couples, allowing them to learn in detail how their pregnancy and birthing choices will affect their baby’s health, their own birthing experience, and the association of the mother *with* the baby for the rest of their lives.

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Expectant mothers today understand fully that they need to take responsibility for their baby’s birth, and that failure to do results in someone else taking over who may have a completely different agenda than they do. Pregnant couples are no longer willing to give up their own control over decisions made in pregnancy, childbirth and their new baby’s care, and Hypnobabies helps them to learn, practice and use not only the best hypno-childbirth skills available, but also to create their birth of their dreams, without unnecessary interference.

Do you have a beautiful vision of what you want your baby’s birth to be?...

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Hospital, Home, or Birth Center? Midwife or Doctor?
by Cordelia S. Hanna, BA, CCE, CB  http://www.socalbirth.com/

You have choices on where and how to give birth!

1) Hospital Birth…With Obstetricians

If you wish to have a hospital birth, your chances of having a natural, uncomplicated birth are optimized by carefully selecting your obstetrician and hospital, and by hiring a “Doula” –a Professional Labor Companion. Many doctors are used to working with women who hire Professional Labor Companions, and doctors who work with midwives have lower cesarean section rates.

Delivering babies by abdominal surgery has been steadily rising in America over the past two decades, so that now 25% of births in hospitals are performed by cesarean section. When comparing the U.S. C-section rate to other western, industrialized countries, one finds that those countries which employ midwives for the majority of births have significantly lower rates than ours; and also have lower infant mortality rates. The U.S., despite having the most advanced technology and highly trained medical personnel, ranks 29th in Infant Mortality. That means 28 other countries–most of which have integrated midwives into their maternity care system–lose less babies in the first year of life.

Epidural anesthesia, Pitocin augmentation of labor, vacuum extraction of fetus, episiotomy and separation of newborn and mother are standard in American hospitals. Undoubtedly, there are circumstances where medical procedures such as these are necessary, but many parents and professionals now question the routine use of such interventions such as episiotomy, continuous electronic fetal monitoring, IVs, etc. In many cases, the routine intervention of these procedures leads to iatrogenic (physician-caused) complications...

Read the Full Article on Hospital Birth Here
Read about Doulas and Monitrices Here
Read about Freestanding Birth Centers and Homebirth Here
Frequently Asked Questions about Midwifery and Homebirth

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Do you want to feel safe and secure when you give birth?  
All women have this need, and for some that will be in a hospital with all that technology can provide.
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Others will only feel safe enough to enjoy their birthing in the calmness of home or in a birth center, with other women supporting them; where their personal choices are easily honored. No matter where you will feel the safest, your birth experience belongs to you and yes, you deserve to have the opportunity to make the decisions that will create your beautiful birthing; easy, joyful and empowering.

Can childbirth be empowering; strengthening beyond words?

Childbirth can be the most profound, empowering experience a woman can have…if she allows herself to believe fully in her body, her mind and her baby. If she takes the time to empower herself with knowledge and a full education of what real childbirth is, the choices that she alone gets to make concerning her own health care, and how to create the birth of her dreams. At Hypnobabies, we are dedicated to educating everyone, no matter what childbirth method they choose. All women deserve to have the easiest, healthiest and safest birthing experience possible, and this can only happen if we take some personal responsibility for learning the facts about childbirth as it is today.
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The Empowerment of Birth

by Jan Verhaeghe, New Dawn Midwifery

The image of a woman reaching down to bring her baby onto her breast at the moment of birth is a powerful one. She birthed her baby, and every cell in her body knows and shows her strength. At the end of hours of phsyical power and emotions felt more intensely than at any other time in life, she is exultant. To know the exhilaration, euphoria, and power that comes with the exhaustion and pain of giving birth is truly empowering. After giving birth, a woman knows she can do anything, accomplish any goal. Even women who need interventions for the safety of themselves or their babies are given the gift of empowerment, for they know they did the best they could.
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Birth has long been thought of as the ultimate rite of passage. Cultures close to nature have devised methods of initiation, testing young men to show that they are adults, ready to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. Women have not needed such tests, for they have birth. A woman may have doubts about her body: are her breasts too small, or too large; her hips too narrow or too broad? Even in these days of women’s liberation, it is not unusual for a woman to have questions about the “rightness” of her body. However, “after giving birth, a woman knows her body works beautifully.

Another facet of the empowerment of birth is the complete bonding that happens when the baby is brought immediately on to the mother’s breast and allowed to stay there until the mother is ready...
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Be proactive!

Doris Haire, the president of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health explains in her article below how all expectant parents can easily take responsibity for the decisions made in their pregnancy, birth and baby's care: 

  • Common practice patterns employed in the obstetric care
  • Questions to ask your caregiver at your first visit
  •  The benefits of taking along a support person to prenatal visits
  • How to communicate your needs to your caregiver
  • How and why to prepare a birthing plan
  • Why the hospital consent form is so important to your baby’s birth
  • Talking to residents and nurses while you’re in labor
  • How and why to get your obstetrical records


A good childbirth experience should be happy and gratifying, as well as safe. You are much more likely to have a good experience if you establish early a good communication with your physician or midwife. Sometimes it is the expectant parents who must take the lead in establishing a rapport, but don't let that hold you back. It's your childbirth experience. It's up to you to let the doctor or midwife know what you want. If he or she is not in agreement with your wishes...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE  

More information on improving childbirth, obstetrical drugs, ultrasound and evidence based medicine can be found at the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health website:
http://www.aimsusa.org

 
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From the wonderful www.SpinningBabies.com website:

Belly Mapping teaches a pregnant woman to tell her baby's position for herself  - during the last month or two of pregnancy.  Too often, the posterior (sunny-side up) baby isn't identified until labor is troubled. Mothers ask, sometimes after a cesarean was done for a long, OP (baby in th eposterior position) labor, “Why didn't anybody know? Can't the nurse or doctor tell when doing an exam?”  Trying to feel fetal head position with an internal exam can be challenging.  Fortunately, other clues exist. Click here to go to the entire Baby Positions section for details on fetal positions.

Belly Mapping is a three-step process for identifying baby’s position in the final months of pregnancy. Parents can use Belly Mapping for their own enjoyment. Medical care givers can enhance their skills by using the visual clues of Belly Mapping. Doulas will be able to suggest strategies for fetal repositioning when a posterior lie is suspected.

Read the Step-by-Step process here, and you can also order their very detailed Belly Mapping Workbook:

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http://www.spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/belly-mapping
 
Visit Belly Mapping on Facebook and tell us your experience with this activity!!

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